October 2, 2013

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Geosyntec, in Collaboration with Oregon Health and Science University, Awarded Navy Contract to Evaluate Treatability of 1,2,3-Trichloropropane Using Abiotic Chemical Reduction Process

Geosyntec Consultants has been awarded a contract through the Navy Environmental Sustainability Development to Integration (NESDI) program to evaluate the efficacy of treating groundwater impacted by the presence of chlorinated solvent residual and soil fumigant compound, 1,2,3-trichloropropane (TCP). Geosyntec's research partner for this effort is Oregon Health Science and Science University's Dr. Paul Tratnyek. The research team, under the leadership of Principal Investigators Nancy Ruiz, Ph.D., of the Naval Facilities Engineering Services Command and John Fortuna, P.G., C.Hg., of Geosyntec's Oakland office, will evaluate the effectiveness of proprietary forms of zero valent zinc (ZVZ) and high sulfur atomized iron in reducing TCP concentrations in groundwater to below the California action level of 0.005 parts per billion (ppb). Supporting John will be researchers from Geosyntec's Oakland and San Diego, California and Seattle, Washington offices and the firm's office in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The test site for this research effort will be Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in southern California, where low levels of TCP have been detected in groundwater. The goal of this one-year effort is provide sufficient performance data to support the full-scale implementation of an in situ permeable reactive barrier system or ex situ point-of-use technology for treatment of TCP-impacted groundwater.

Geosyntec has extensive experience collaborating with major universities on applied research efforts to address the remediation of recalcitrant contaminants in the environment. Many of these research efforts have been conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Defense Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) and the Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP). Geosyntec's participation in applied research programs provides early access to the most promising remediation technologies for recalcitrant contaminants.